A kite menagerie soars above the beach in Lincoln City during the annual kite festival. This year the fall event is Oct. 6-7. (Courtesy Cody Cha/Explore Lincoln City)
A kite menagerie soars above the beach in Lincoln City during the annual kite festival. This year the fall event is Oct. 6-7. (Courtesy Cody Cha/Explore Lincoln City)
If you didn’t get your beach fix this summer, consider attending the annual Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival Oct. 6-7. The weekend celebration includes seaside kite-flying demonstrations by professionals, free kids kitemaking and a running of the bols (no animals involved here; just a group of competitors harnessed to doughnut-shaped kites who run headfirst into the wind). Organizers boast the festival features some of the biggest kites in the world.

Though the exact origin of kites is not known, they were flown in China more than 2,000 years ago, according to the American Kitefliers Association. During one military campaign in ancient China, a general was said to have had a kite flown above a besieged town to calculate the distance his army would have to tunnel to reach under the city wall. His troops then surprised their enemy and were victorious.

No lofty military intrigue awaits kite-flyers in Lincoln City. Instead festivalgoers can marvel at God’s creation and the power and persistence of sea, wind — and bol runners.

The fall festival is held at the D-River Wayside State Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to oregoncoast.org/lincoln-city-fall-kite-festival.